Call For Proposals:
Innovation Partners called for proposals for the next round of our Innovation[X] Program, which provides grants that allow multidisciplinary teams of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to work together to address complex real-world challenges. Faculty may apply for grants of up to $20,000 to facilitate year-long projects. The number of grants to be awarded will depend on funding and application levels. Funding begins September 1, 2021. The deadline for 2021-2022 proposals was February 22, 2021.
Additionally, we have partnered with the Mays Innovation Research Center to fund a set of proposals to study the process of innovation itself. Successful proposals for this subset will pursue topics such as, barriers to or preconditions for innovation, the effects of law and policy on innovation, the behavior or psychological requirements for innovation, innovation and health, the social impacts of innovation, international comparisons of innovation, or novel measurements of innovation.
For questions or to discuss potential project ideas and teams, please contact Assistant Director Emily Finbow at email@example.com.
“Being chosen for the inaugural round of Innovation[X] funding enabled us to take the idea of First Year Eats–that addressing food insecurity would improve student success–and make it a reality. Our pilot this past year involved enthusiastic graduate and undergraduate student teams in gardening, cooking, ingredient stocking, and assessment, and resulted in data showing that First Year Eats made it possible for low-income freshmen to close the first semester grade gap with their peers. This data and the framework we piloted are now part of proposals to improve and expand the program.”
Frequently Asked Questions
The Innovation[X] Program provides grants that allow multidisciplinary teams of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to work together to address complex real-world challenges. Faculty may apply for grants of up to $20,000 to facilitate year-long projects. The number of grants to be awarded depends on funding and application levels.
The Innovation[X] Program is an opportunity to engage a broad array of students in a transformative learning project and explore translating research into actions that will have an impact on the community, nation, and the world. Teams must consist of an interdisciplinary set of faculty members and a multidisciplinary team of 10-20 students, both undergraduate and graduate, from across the university. Proposals should demonstrate a team-based approach to a complex problem and include meaningful deliverables. These may include, but are not limited to, published reports, curated exhibits, workable data sets to motivate further research, marketable goods or services, or impactful solutions to community challenges. Projects may engage external partners such as private companies, government agencies, NGOs, school districts, etc.